A survey conducted by Gallup has found that the majority of Americans who are familiar with CBD (cannabidiol) want it available as an over-the-counter drug. The results of the survey were released on Friday last week (June 14).
The CBD craze traces its roots to the cannabis reform movement, and it gained momentum when the Farm Bill 2018 became law last year. This bill legalized industrial hemp and all its derivatives, including CBD.
The survey involving 1,017 participants was conducted over the phone in a bid to get insights into the widespread appeal of CBD. The interviews were conducted from May 15-30.
In all, 39 percent of the people polled revealed that they want to see CBD available as an OTC drug while 21 percent said CBD should be accessed using a doctor’s prescription. 36 percent of the people polled revealed that they weren’t familiar with this particular compound of hemp and marijuana plants.
When Gallup focused on those who were familiar with CBD and asked them whether CBD should be purchased as an OTC drug or as a prescription drug, 61 percent favored the OTC option while 33 percent preferred to see it as a prescription drug.
The participants in the poll were also asked to rate how familiar they were with CBD. 14 percent looked at themselves as “very familiar” with it, 33 percent felt they were “somewhat familiar”, 17 percent felt they were “not too familiar” while 36 percent confessed that they “weren’t familiar at all” with cannabidiol.
Gallup again narrowed its attention to only those who categorized themselves as very familiar with cannabidiol and asked them for their opinion about the medicinal value of CBD. 90 percent of this group believed that CBD had therapeutic benefits.
Of those who thought CBD had medicinal benefits, 33 percent said it had “a lot of benefits”, 45 percent felt CBD had “some benefits” and 14 percent thought cannabidiol had “a few benefits.” 3 percent were neutral on the matter while 4 percent said cannabidiol didn’t have any medical benefits.
Commenting about their findings, Gallup wrote that most Americans already believe that CBD has medicinal value even if research has been slow in proving or disproving many of the therapeutic benefits attributed to CBD. Gallup is convinced that the fraction of people who think CBD is medicinal is most likely to grow as more people get exposed to this non-psychoactive compound.
This possibility takes on a greater degree of certainty given that the FDA has already been convinced enough of CBD’s therapeutic benefits to the extent of approving a drug targeting rare forms of epilepsy.
The pressure on federal agencies like the FDA and Congress to pass laws legalizing CBD as a food supplement and other uses is therefore going to increase as the months go by.
Cannabis industry analysts are of the opinion that the Gallup findings didn’t catch industry players like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) by surprise.
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